Category: Syndicated

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Captain Marvel

Directed by Anna Boden, Ryan Fleck. With Brie Larson, Samuel L. Jackson, Ben Mendelsohn, Jude Law. Carol Danvers becomes one of the universe’s most powerful heroes when Earth is caught in the middle of a galactic war between two alien races. Easily both the absolute worst of the MCU movies and one of the absolute best. Every time I watch it I find new things to be frustrated with, from the “I’m only happy with it rains” song playing while she’s motorcycling happily through the desert, to one of my favorite No Doubt songs playing while she’s kicking ass in...

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Ant-Man and the Wasp

Directed by Peyton Reed. With Paul Rudd, Evangeline Lilly, Michael Peña, Walton Goggins. As Scott Lang balances being both a superhero and a father, Hope van Dyne and Dr. Hank Pym present an urgent new mission that finds the Ant-Man fighting alongside The Wasp to uncover secrets from their past. Wasp should get her own film. So should Ghost. Buy On Amazon!

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Avengers: Infinity War

Directed by Anthony Russo, Joe Russo. With Robert Downey Jr., Chris Hemsworth, Mark Ruffalo, Chris Evans. The Avengers and their allies must be willing to sacrifice all in an attempt to defeat the powerful Thanos before his blitz of devastation and ruin puts an end to the universe. My MCU rewatch has reached this, the culmination of a decade of story telling and comic book excellence. It’s a fun movie, you should check it out. Buy On Amazon!

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Sister Act 2: Back in the Habit

Directed by Bill Duke. With Whoopi Goldberg, Kathy Najimy, Maggie Smith, Barnard Hughes. Showgirl Deloris Van Cartier returns as Sister Mary Clarence to teach music to a group of Catholic students whose run-down school is slated for closure. What a fun but forgettable movie with a familiar premise: a streetwise teacher learns from her students and impresses them with her abilities. Buy On Amazon!

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Rogue One: A Star Wars Story

Directed by Gareth Edwards. With Felicity Jones, Diego Luna, Alan Tudyk, Donnie Yen. The daughter of an Imperial scientist joins the Rebel Alliance in a risky move to steal the Death Star plans. Disney+ has it in 4k/HDR, which is not available on disk yet, so hell yeah I’m there for that! Still the best Star Wars movie that Disney has put out. Buy On Amazon!

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Teen Spirit

Directed by Max Minghella. With Elle Fanning, Agnieszka Grochowska, Archie Madekwe, Zlatko Buric. Violet is a shy teenager who dreams of escaping her small town and pursuing her passion to sing. With the help of an unlikely mentor, she enters a local singing competition that will test her integrity, talent and ambition. Driven by a pop-fueled soundtrack, Teen Spirit is a visceral and stylish spin on the Cinderella story. Elle Fanning looks like she’s constantly on the edge of crying for the entire film, justifiably so, considering the plot points. That’s not to say that there are horrible things going...

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The 30 Foot Bride of Candy Rock

Directed by Sidney Miller. With Lou Costello, Dorothy Provine, Gale Gordon, Jimmy Conlin. In one of his rare performances without Bud Abbott, Lou Costello plays a rubbish collector and inventor. When radiation in a nearby cave turns his girlfriend into a giantess, antics ensure as he tries to shrink her using one of his inventions. Trick photography with some left over props from a dozen other films, all filmed on the back lot of some abandoned forest. I mock it, but the last 20 minutes of this film are some of the most surreal content I’ve seen in a film....

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The Mortal Engines Quartet

MORTAL ENGINES launched Philip Reeve’s brilliantly-imagined creation, the world of the Traction Era, where mobile cities fight for survival in a post-apocalyptic future. Now, in time for the film debut, the critically acclaimed MORTAL ENGINES quartet is repackaged in a boxset with fantastic and eye-catching covers featuring new artwork. I watched the fantastically ridiculous movie and figured that it had a number of cool ideas that I should check out the book series that the movie was based on. The first book was pretty verbatim what happened in the movie, so I moved onto the second book, it introduced more...

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Sister Act

Directed by Emile Ardolino. With Whoopi Goldberg, Maggie Smith, Kathy Najimy, Wendy Makkena. When a worldly singer witnesses a mob crime, the police hide her as a nun in a traditional convent where she has trouble fitting in. Disney+ It’s been years, but this is still the same great movie that I remember it being. Buy On Amazon!

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The Thing

Directed by John Carpenter. With Kurt Russell, Wilford Brimley, Keith David, Richard Masur. A research team in Antarctica is hunted by a shape-shifting alien that assumes the appearance of its victims. I’ve never seen this before, if only because the original film completely broke my brain when I saw it at a young age.  John Carpenter’s version of the story works both as a retelling and as a sequel of sorts.  The effects were great and the acting pretty fun, but having a black man in the antarctic with roller skates and a ghetto blaster has not aged well.  Additionally,...